COLUMBUS, Ohio - Winners of five of their last six duals and 10 out of 13 overall, Ohio State welcomes Edinboro to St. John Arena tonight for a date with the Fighting Scots in the 2016 NWCA National Championship Dual Series.
BUCKEYES IN A NUTSHELL
• Ohio State finished off its Big Ten regular season schedule last Friday with a convincing 34-6 triumph over Wisconsin. The Buckeyes won eight of 10 matches, highlighted by a pin from Jake Ryan and technical falls by Nathan Tomasello and Kyle Snyder.
• The Buckeyes' lineup features one wrestler - top-ranked Nathan Tomasello at 125 lbs. - that is still unbeaten (17-0). Two others - Micah Jordan (141 lbs.) and Bo Jordan (165 lbs.) have just one loss while redshirt freshman Jake Ryan has only two losses. In all, seven of Ohio State's 10 probable starters are ranked in this week's InterMat polls.
• Ohio State has outscored its opponents 314-195 this season and has put 30 points on the board on three occasions -- Nov. 13 vs. Virginia, Jan. 24 vs. Michigan State and Feb. 12 vs. Wisconsin.
• Last Friday's crowd of 5,650 was a season high and the fourth highest total in program history. Three of the four highest attended duals have occurred in the last two seasons - Jan. 4, 2015 vs. Iowa, Jan. 11, 2015 vs. Penn State and Feb. 12, 2016 vs. Wisconsin. For the season, Ohio State is averaging 3,685 fans/match.
• With 10 wins this year, the Buckeyes have recorded double-digit wins for the fifth consecutive year and the seventh time in eight seasons.
• Nathan Tomasello currently leads the team with 53 dual points scored (4 MD, 5 TF, 1 F). B. Jordan is a close second with 52 dual points scored (5 F, 1 TF, 2 MD).
• In 375 total matches, Ohio State wrestlers are scoring first nearly 66 percent of the time. They've also outscored their opponents 1,179-643 in the first period.
• The Buckeyes have over twice as many takedowns as their opponents (729 for, 339 against).
• Ohio State wrestlers have combined to outscore their opponents 2,561-1,712 in 375 matches with a .630 winning percentage. The Buckeyes are averaging 6.8 points per match.
• Of 238 total matches won, 36 have come via fall, 34 by tech fall with 46 major decisions.
ABOUT THE NWCA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DUAL SERIES
Eight Big Ten schools - Ohio State, Iowa, Penn State, Rutgers, Nebraska, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota - are hosting a non-conference opponent this weekend with the Penn State-Oklahoma State contest serving as the dual national championship match. The concept is similar to the old BCS system in college football with the idea to match the top eight teams from the Big Ten against the dual meet champions from the seven other Division I conferences.
The Fighting Scots, a member of the EWL, are 8-9 this season and 6-0 against conference foes with a dual vs. West Virginia remaining before Monday's matchup. Edinboro's lineup features four ranked wrestlers - No. 18 Patricio Lugo (149 lbs.), No. 16 Austin Matthews (157 lbs.), No. 20 Casey Fuller (165 lbs.) and No. 5 Vic Avery (184 lbs.).
At last year's NCAA Championships, Edinboro finished third in the team race behind Ohio State and Iowa.
DID YOU KNOW
Monday's matchup will mark the second consecutive year Ohio State and Edinboro have faced each other in the National Duals. Last February at Edinboro, the Buckeyes rolled to a 30-7 triumph behind four bonus point wins.
OHIO STATE/EDINBORO CONNECTIONS
Associate head coach Lou Rosselli is a 1993 graduate of Edinboro. He wrestled for the Fighting Scots from 1989-1993 and was a two-time All-American as he finished third and fourth at the 1993 and 1991 NCAA Championships, respectively. Rosselli also spent 11 years on the Edinboro coaching staff before arriving in Columbus for the 2006-07 season.
125: No. 1 Nathan Tomasello (17-0) vs. Sean Russell (23-6)
133: No. 9 Johnni DiJulius (14-5) vs. Anthony Rivera (8-11)
141: No. 4 Micah Jordan (19-1) vs. Tyler Vath (9-17)
149: Cody Burcher (10-6) vs. No. 19 Patricio Lugo (25-6)
157: No. 10 Jake Ryan (14-2) vs. No. 16 Austin Matthews (7-2)
165: No. 3 Bo Jordan (13-1) vs. Casey Fuller (23-7)
174: No. 14 Myles Martin (23-5) vs. Patrick Jennings (20-13) OR Ty Schoffstall (7-3)
184: No. 17 Kenny Courts (15-7) vs. No. 5 Vic Avery (8-1)
197: Mark Martin (15-5) vs. Vince Pickett (18-14) OR William Bosch (8-8)
285: Nick Tavanello (16-3) vs. Billy Miller (24-8)
A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE
In the last five years, Tom Ryan and the Buckeyes have produced:
• A four-time NCAA champion, just the fourth in history.
• Two freshmen national champs - Logan Stieber (2012) and Nathan Tomasello (2015).
• Three freshmen All-Americans in one year (2015): Tomasello, Bo Jordan, Kyle Snyder.
Four top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including the program's first-ever national title in 2015.
IN THE RANKINGS - INDIVIDUAL
IN THE RANKINGS - TEAM
|POLL||TOP 25||TOURNAMENT INDEX||DUAL INDEX|
|USA Today/NWCA||No. 9||N/A||N/A|
|InterMat||N/A||No. 4||No. 8|
|Flowrestling||N/A||No. 5||No. 11|
|W.I.N.||N/A||No. 4||No. 9|
• The combination of Tomasello, M. Jordan, B. Jordan and Snyder have combined to go 16-2 this year vs. ranked opponents (Tomasello 8-0; M. Jordan 4-1, B. Jordan 3-1, Snyder 1-0).
• Ohio State has 15 wins against Big Ten opponents in the last two seasons, the most in any two-year period in program history.
• In his 10th season, Tom Ryan-coached wrestlers have earned eight individual national championships, the most for a head coach in school history. Additionally, Ryan is the only coach to earn InterMat National Coach of the Year three times in his career (2008, 2009, 2015).
• Kenny Courts needs six more wins to become the 20th member of the school's 100-win club. Johnni DiJulius joined the group earlier this year.